The Algarve – A destination for everyone

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The Algarve – one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe

The Algarve region of Portugal is one of the most famous holiday destinations in Europe and in the world. It’s well-known for its award winning sandy beaches, plenty of sunshine, great food and just being a great place for many types of tourists, whether you’re into water sports, a nature lover, or you’re going there with your family, the Algarve has something to offer.

Regardless of your interest, the Algarve supplies it

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Algarve - Faro - Portugal

The region’s main attractions lie in its beautiful sandy beaches, these are actually some of the best in the world and they have the Blue Flag awards to prove it, however anyone who has been there will know that there is so much more to the Algarve than great beaches.

The weather for one should definitely be mentioned, as you can have great beaches but if the weather isn’t supporting that you will be losing out. This doesn’t happen in the Algarve however, this region of the world sees around three hundred days of sunlight each years, and even during the winter temperatures are rather mild when you compare them to the rest of Europe.

As far as the possible activities that you can engage in while in the Algarve take your prick from any of the following: walking, sightseeing, cycling, surfing, golf, tennis, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing, kite-surfing and we’ll stop there since there is basically no limit to what you can do there. Even better, considering the size of the region, it caters to all sorts of visitors, so if you’re going there with your family and you’re looking for a quiet relaxing time there are numerous water parks, theme parks and zoos to take in, as well as resort towns which are focused on offering family-oriented services and entertainment.

Those looking for a nice relaxing vacation should stay between Quarteira and Lagos, basically in central and western Algarve, while those who want to party and sample the region’s nightlife should go towards Albufeira, Praia da Rocha and Lagos.

The region is also very rich in history and those who are interested in learning more about is culture and history should try Silves, Tavira and Sagres while those who want to experience the wonderful countryside should go for Alte, Monchique, Sao Bras de Alportel and Alcoutim.

This is the great thing about the region, there are plenty of resorts, each of them with its own character offering different experiences, ranging from the scenery to the activities to the food, but you can be sure of is that pretty much regardless where you go, you’ll have the beach and great weather on your side.

As you might expect it, the types of Algarve accommodations range a lot, from cheaper options such as campsites and rooms in guesthouses and hostels, to five star hotels, luxury resorts and villas you can rent, it all depends on your budget and requirements.

There are also many types of Algarve events all throughout the year, so depending on when you visit the region you can see either the Algarve Motor Park near Portimao, or the Mardi Gras or any other of the many celebrations and festivals that take place there, you won’t be bored.

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